Alibi V.17 No.48 • Nov 27-Dec 3, 2008 
Shara Worden mixes the ethereal and material worlds in My Brightest Diamond.

Music to Your Ears

What's Happenin', Jive Turkey?

Yes, Virginia, there are bars that are open Thanksgiving night. Skip to the Music Calendar for Alibi-verified entertainment. Whether you're out to toast your relatives or escape them is your call.

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Shara Worden mixes the ethereal and material worlds in My Brightest Diamond.
Julien Bourgeois

Music Interview

My Brightest Diamond

Separating earth and sky

It’s hard for artists to explain where their music comes from or what they hope it achieves. Shara Worden does both with ease.

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Sonic Reducer

Colourmusic F, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13 · The Killers Day & Age · Donny McCaslin Trio Recommended Tools

There’s nowhere to hide in a saxophone trio, and tenorist Donny McCaslin, with able assistance from bassist Han Glawischnig and drummer Jonathan Blake, never tries. In Recommended Tools, McCaslin exposes a stunning musicality and emotional buoyancy, blowing his heart out on nine originals and Billy Strayhorn’s “Isfahan.” He falters on only one cut, the ballad “Margins of Solitude,” where he does not take the singing freedom he’s earned. He earns every singing moment on every other track, though. On “The Champion,” bass and drums lay out for a while, but you may not realize it for a moment—McCaslin’s playing is just that riveting. (MM)

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Flyer on the Wall

Digestion Suggestion

Spend Saturday, Nov. 29, with Our Years with Light, Dude Party, Dan Clucas Quartet, Milton Melvin Croissant III and dugoutcanoe at The Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice (SE corner of Harvard and Silver). All-ages, $6. Get there by 8:30 p.m. or you’ll be a turkey. (LM)

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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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